Summer 2013 Newsletter

In this issue: climate change, IED use by domestic terrorists, QHSR

Climate Change and Homeland Security

floodingHigher temperatures, widespread droughts, an increase of severe storm events- these weather based changes impact homeland security in many ways including resource allocation, response planning, energy, infrastructure and transportation protection and emergency management.

Use of IEDs by Domestic Terrorists

responseAs seen in Boston and New York City, improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, have moved from military combat arenas to the sidewalks of U.S. cities. This selection of HSDL articles touches on defending against this threat as well as response during and after an IED incident.

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Community of Practice

DHS has launched its second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). Fulfillment of this legislative directive is required every four years, and DHS wants to engage the homeland defense and security community to formulate dynamic, risk-based approaches to homeland security challenges. They plan to connect with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private sector, and non-government entities by hosting an online community where stakeholders may offer their views, comments and ideas. “There is an enterprise that goes far beyond the halls of DHS that is engaged in assuring the security of the homeland of the United States. For that reason, it’s vitally important for the Department to engage with that broader community of stakeholders in conducting a review of this type ,” said DHS Office of Policy Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Risk (SPAR) Alan Cohn in an interview. Go here to learn more and register to participate.

Homeland Security Commemorations and Anniversaries

tornadoSummer marks the anniversary of several homeland security events. Featured here are select incidents accompanied by pertinent HSDL articles.

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